As I mentioned in my Full Sail Session Premium Lager post, I was brewing this weekend and decided to clean out the beer fridge. While cleaning, I found a few beers I had put in their after my brewmaster Cuisinternship at Full Sail at the end of last summer. Although I had a few of these while there at Full Sail, and knew what to expect when reviewing them, I knew I should probably drink them soon.
Location: Bottle enjoyed at my house in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.6% ABV, 148 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was a very slightly hazy gold color with a very thin creamy head in it. There seemed to be a lot of carbonation in it, releasing a lagery, slightly sweet bready aroma.
Taste & Feel: The carbonation gave it a sharp crispness up front. After the initial carbonation tingle, the light bodied beer had a bit of a sweet pilsner malt-like flavor in the middle. Finally, there was just a bit of bitterness in the dry, clean finish.
Food Pairing: This beer is light and clean, and went nicely with the tilapia fish dish my wife prepared for dinner. The lemon and butter flavors went nicely with the lighter flavors of the beer, and the crispness helped to wash each bite down.
Overall Impression: When I visited Portland/Hood River, OR it was the end of last July, and this beer was great for those hot summer days. It’s effervescent and very drinkable, with some sweet pilsner malt flavors. While this is limited, and I’m not sure you can still find it, if you can, pick some up for that next hot summer day.